The Los Angeles Clippers’ quest to take over Los Angeles continues on for another day.
Los Angeles beat Dallas 126-111 in Game 7 on Sunday, setting them up for a second round matchup with the No. 1 seeded Utah Jazz. On top of the emotional high gained from surviving and advancing, the Clippers go into Utah with a hot hand.
The Clippers finished with the league’s best 3-point percentage during the regular season, knocking shots down at a 41% rate from distance. Once Los Angeles got to the playoffs, that story changed.
The Clippers lost their mojo from behind the arc over the first six games of the first round, only shooting 35%. However, the tide turned for Los Angeles in Game 7. The Clippers went back to their normal shooting -- and then some.
Los Angeles made 20 3s on Sunday. Marcus Morris led the charge with seven 3-pointers of his own, tying Stephen Curry for the most 3s in a Game 7. The Clippers seem to be back on track and at the right time.
The Jazz hold their opponents to the second-lowest 3-point percentage in the league (34.1%), only coming behind the New York Knicks (33.8%). With Rudy Gobert protecting the paint and the Jazz being able to run teams off the 3-point line, the Clippers will have to find a way to get good, quality looks from outside.
Utah is the favorite by WynnBET to make it out of the Western Conference (+140) and have the second-best odds to win the NBA title (+325). The Clippers are right behind the Jazz in both categories. They have +190 odds to win the Western Conference and +425 odds to win the championship.
This series is a battle of the favorites. With the Clippers finding their rhythm at the right time, it is sure going to be an interesting series.